Monday, 28 September 2015 19:38

Kaiser Permanente

Monday, 28 September 2015 15:26

A Coordinated Approach to Cancer Care

At Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, we know that every person, every cancer diagnosis, and every road to recovery is unique. That's why our Breast Care Center offers a personalized approach to treatment that provides our members with a convenient, coordinated and compassionate care experience.

When lumps are diagnosed and treated in their earliest stages, breast cancer treatment has a much higher likelihood of success. That's why we encourage our members to follow a breast health routine that includes regular mammogram screenings, which can help detect breast cancer up to two years before it can be found by self-examination.

If a Kaiser Permanente member has an abnormal mammogram result, our Breast Care Center is notified instantly through our electronic health record, which connects our members to their entire care team. A biopsy is often scheduled by the following day.

Photo-01After receiving a cancer diagnosis, our members sit down at a table with a breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and breast care coordinator to create a comprehensive care plan. This multi-disciplinary team approach to care—with patients playing an active role in the decision-making—results in a more coordinated, timely and satisfying care experience.

Along with our streamlined and coordinated approach to breast health care, we also offer the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program that our members can enroll in after completing treatment. A dedicated Breast Care Center specialist monitors the health of participants, who receive physical evaluations, psychological screenings, a comprehensive review of treatment received, as well as a five-year plan for follow-up care.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente's unique approach to cancer care, visit


Pierson Gladney, MD

Kaiser Permanente Sandy Springs Medical Office

Dr. Pierson Gladney is triple board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. She is graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed her residency and a fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.




Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente |


Monday, 28 September 2015 15:18

Your Most Beautiful You

For over six years, Atlanta residents have been turning to Bella by Alethea MedSpa to regain their confidence and radiance through the latest Anti-Aging treatments.

Whether you're looking to tighten, pamper or tone up, president Alethea Tinkle and her highly trained staff of Medical Professionals and Laser-Certified Aestheticians have always prided themselves on helping clients discover their most beautiful selves through state-of-the-art science.

That's why owner Alethea Tinkle is excited to announce the launch of its very own premier skincare line, Be Bella Skincare. The line features an eye cream, antioxidant cleanser, vitamin C towelettes and more. The system can easily be incorporated into your current beauty routine or used exclusively.

Bella-American-Laser-Centers"From the potent ingredients to the pretty packaging, I am extremely proud of Be Bella Skincare. I guarantee it will provide the dramatic results my clients expect from me," says Tinkle.

In addition to Bella's new skincare system, clients can now receive injectables by appointment, along with treatments like Medical Microdermabrasion Facials, Non-Surgical Facelifts and more. For those on the go, Bella by Alethea MedSpa is the ultimate one-stop shop for Anti-Aging treatments and products.

Sponsored by: Bella by Alethea | 4603 Wieuca Road | Atlanta 30342 | Phone: (678) 908-3491 |

Monday, 28 September 2015 15:04

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Javelin Strategy & Research, an average of 7.5% of American households had some type of identity theft each year (as of April of 2015). Here are five tips to try to avoid being a part of this statistic:

  1. Tax Return Pin. One way these thieves are using stolen identities is by filing false tax returns. The thief files your income tax return and shows that you are owed a refund. The refund is directed to an account that does not belong to you. You have no idea anything has happened until you file your income tax return and the IRS rejects your tax return stating you already filed. Now you must prove to the IRS that you are really you.

    If you live in Georgia, Florida or Washington, DC, you can avoid this scam by getting a PIN to file your tax return.

  2. Social Security Number Protection. You can also avoid identity theft by not carrying your social security number with you (in case your wallet or purse is stolen). Do not provide your social security number unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor's office, for instance, will request it, but this is unnecessary.

  3. Avoid Unknown Callers. Do not answer calls from unknown numbers. Many of the identity thieves will call and try to persuade you (very convincingly) to give them information about your bank, social security, birth date, etc. Do not give out that information.

  4. Passwords. Your passwords should include two capital letters as well as numbers, letters and symbols (@$% for instance). You should change your passwords monthly or at least quarterly.

  5. Credit Report. Pull your credit report each year for free by calling 1-877-322-8228 or online at

If someone steals your identity: (1) Call the police and file a report; (2) Call social security and notify them; (3) Hire a monitoring company to watch your credit; (4) Contact the credit companies and put a fraud alert on your credit; and (5) Contact to report the theft to the FTC.

Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Financial Innovations, LLC. Financial Innovations, LLC is not affiliated with Triad Advisors, Inc.


Laura K. Schilling, JD, CPA, CFP®, CSA
Financial Innovations, LLC

Laura Schilling isn’t your typical financial planner. She is also a world traveler who has been to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Israel.  Laura is an active member in the community, a mother of two, and a champion for each of the working mothers she employs.  As principal and founder of Financial Innovations, LLC, she staffs her firm with stay-at-home moms who work to meet the needs of their clients around the globe.

Sponsored by: Financial Innovations, LLC  |  6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite F101  |  Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (404) 458-0065  |  Fax: (404) 393-3063  |  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   |

Monday, 28 September 2015 14:55

Naturopathic Care Leads to Vitality

Debra MacIntyre, ND, caught the health care bug decades ago when her exercise program freed a client from their blood pressure medication. "I knew I had found my purpose in life: to help people regain their health," says MacIntyre. So she ditched the fitness industry and decided to pursue nutrition and naturopathy.

Her passion for helping and healing people holistically, along with the entrepreneurial tug she'd always felt, led her to open her own practice, Natural Health Solutions. Her practice, which specializes in homeopathy, has helped patients remove toxins from their bodies, relieved ailments traditional medicine just can't figure out and more. She's even found an anti-aging treatment that doesn't involve needles or tongue-twister product names – imagine that!

Photo-01After 20 plus years of treating clients and two back-to-back "Best of" awards since opening in 1994, MacIntyre now feels the time is right to transition Natural Health Solutions into Vitality Project. Even though her practice's name is changing, her goal to heal patients from the inside out remains the same.

MacIntyre and her team have helped countless patients restore their health with a free consultation, in which they share their goals, followed by a custom program to make those goals a reality. Programs incorporate lifestyle tweaks, some detoxification and a sprinkle of supplementation here and there. Patients aren't in it alone, though – the team is there every step of the way. "We are partners in helping them to achieve their goals. This is not just a job to anyone in our clinic," says MacIntyre.

She hopes that the new Vitality Project name will reinforce the longstanding passion behind the practice's purpose, to help patients to live, grow and develop into their best self.

Sponsored by: Vitality Project | 11285 Elkins Road/Suite J1 | Roswell, GA 30076 |  | (770) 817-8028

Monday, 28 September 2015 14:31

A Team Approach to Skin Cancer

Applying sunscreen daily, even if it's cloudy outside, getting your daily dose of vitamin D and regularly checking your birthday suit for any changes in your skin could save your life. These simple routines can help protect you from one of the most common forms of cancer: skin cancer. With diagnosis rates increasing more than 75 percent over the past decade, it is more important than ever to take precautions and keep an eye on your body's largest organ.

If you do happen to find an unusual spot on your skin and you receive a skin cancer diagnosis, you can trust you'll be in excellent hands at Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center and Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery. The Skin Cancer Center, led by Dr. Jared Friedman, has now doubled its surgical space and with the addition of Dr. Perry as our second, fully dedicated Mohs surgeon, we have doubled our capacity to serve the community.

Photo-01What exactly is Mohs surgery? Mohs surgery is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, or BCC and SCC for short. This microscopic surgery focuses on removing as little healthy skin tissue as possible when removing cancerous cells.

With nine general dermatologists, seven dermatology physician assistants, two Mohs surgeons, Drs.
 Friedman & Perry, a full-time, in-house pathologist and our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yellin,​​ Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer ​Center offers patients a rare opportunity to have their skin cancer diagnosed, treated quickly and effectively with Mohs surgery, and when necessary, reconstructed by Dr. Yellin, one of Atlanta's most respected and experienced facial plastic surgeons; all under one roof! Very few practices across the country are fortunate enough to offer this type of integrated skin care management.



Dr. Adam Perry

Dr. Perry brings an elite level of training in the latest skin cancer treatments to Metro Atlanta.
After obtaining his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, the Georgia native went on to do a dermatology residency in Charleston and then completed a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

The dedicated fellowship provided Dr. Perry with extensive experience using Mohs surgery to treat a variety of skin cancers – including melanoma – a skill set gleaned at only a handful of fellowship programs nationally. Dr. Perry also received extensive training in advanced reconstruction techniques to repair patients following the removal of skin cancer.

Adam Perry, MD, is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association.


Sponsored by: Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center | (770) 422-1013 |  |  Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center | (770) 425-7575 |


Monday, 28 September 2015 14:20

Botox for Depression

The Institute for Advanced Medical Research has always been on the forefront of cutting edge treatments for diseases, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Institute recently launched a new program specifically for Brain Health and Wellness.

Dr. Sheila Namanworth believes strongly in overall health, both mentally and physically. Over the years she's seen first hand the correlation the two can have on one another.

Ever been stressed, anxious or depressed and headed to the fridge for comfort, only to find the added pounds from all those extra calories make you feel even worse? That's because during times of anxiety and depression, your body releases large amounts of cortisol, the hormone that increases weight gain. Not to mention that when you're feeling down, you're usually not exactly in the mood to hit the gym or sometimes even get off the couch, which can lead to even more weight gain.

Photo-01"Research has found that treating mild to severe depression can not only make you feel like yourself again, it can also reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease and stroke," offered Dr. Namanworth, Vice-President and Brain Health & Wellness Program Clinical Director.

By now most people know the common methods of depression treatment such as therapy, prescription medication and exercise, but you've probably never considered Botox as a treatment for feeling blue.

Botox isn't just for wrinkles or regaining that youthful look. It has recently been approved by the FDA to treat migraines, and two independent studies have found it can be effective in fighting depression. Theories suggest those fine lines and furrows in your brow may be an indicator of your mental and emotional health. Injecting Botox into the facial muscles that work with emotion may help treat depression by blocking the passage of signals to the brain that reinforce those negative emotions.

Dr. Namanworth and the Institute are constantly on the search for new treatments like Botox and low field magnetic therapy to treat emotional imbalances so their patients can lead happier and healthier lives.

So while you're working hard to keep your diet in check and getting plenty of exercise, if you're feeling down or just a little off, be sure to talk to a doctor. Not just for the sake of your mental and emotional health, but for your overall wellness.


Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Medical Research | 5895 Windward Parkway, Suite 150 | Alpharetta, GA 30005  |  Phone: (770) 817-9200 |

Monday, 28 September 2015 14:08

Breaking Down Breast Cancer

Did you know, according to the American Cancer Society breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women. However, modern medicine and technology are helping women live longer by discovering and treating breast cancer earlier. Stay informed and up to date with these breast cancer facts and tips.

What are the risk factors?

  • Age – Over 75 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50.
  • Genetics – Having a family history of breast cancer in a mother or sister can increase your risk for developing the disease.
  • Children – Having children later in life or choosing to have them not at all can increase risk.
  • Unhealthy Lifestyle – Lack of physical exercise, poor diet, being overweight and regular consumption of alcohol have also been shown to increase risk of breast cancer.

What about screening and diagnosis?

The most common screening test for breast cancer is a mammogram along with a clinical breast exam beginning at age 40. Women with a higher risk may also be advised to receive an MRI.
The warning signs for breast cancer differ for each woman. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • A change in the look or feel of the breast and nipple.
  • A lump. Most lumps turn out to be benign and not cancerous, but it is still important to be cautious.
  • Swelling in the armpit.

Photo-1How do I treat breast cancer?

Breast cancer is often treated with surgery. Breast conserving surgery focuses on only removing the cancerous tissue from the breast, while a mastectomy is the surgical removal of the breast. Following surgery, patients often receive radiation therapy, which uses X-rays to destroy cancer cells. Some patients also require chemotherapy and/or hormone blocking therapy.


Sandra l. Gregory, MD

Board Certification: Radiation Oncology
Medical Degree: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey
Residency Training: Montefiore Medical Center and Weiler Hospital in New York
Undergraduate: University of New Hampshire
Special Interests: Breast Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Gregory is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. She has worked in hospitals and cancer treatment centers in Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia. Dr. Gregory has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research findings at several national conferences.

Dr. Gregory resides in Alpharetta, Georgia. She is an avid and talented horseback rider.

Sponsored by: Atlanta Oncology Associates | (770) 255-7500 |
Alpharetta | Atlanta | Eastpoint | Greensboro | Hawkinsville | Macon | Over 15 Hospitals and Centers

Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:07

My Best Self: Tracy Nicole

By Beth Carter

With more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry, Atlanta designer Tracy Nicole has achieved national recognition and built a celebrity-studded client roster through her Tracy Nicole Clothing line. Just a few years ago, Tracy had achieved success in her work and as a mom to two girls, but everything changed when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s. Tracy's in remission now, but she learned some valuable lessons during a tough season of her life.

Where did your passion for fashion begin?
It started really, really early with my grandmother. Every closet in her house was full of shoes and clothes. I taught myself to sew in high school, and I could cut out some fabric, sew it up into an outfit and wear it that night. But I grew up in a household where being creative was not supported; you became a doctor or lawyer. So I studied Occupational Therapy at Florida A&M University. After school, I started working seven days a week and became a workaholic. I made a lot of money but wasn't fulfilled. So I applied to fashion school and took classes at night. I realized how much I loved fashion because I'd work a full 12-hour day and then go to fashion school and feel like the day had just started.

How did you transition to a full-time fashion career?
In my Fashion Merchandising class, I created a business plan and eventually used the plan to open my Tracy Nicole store in Smyrna. I carried at least 50 different designers. After five years I was ready to do my own thing, so I closed the store and opened a design studio. Then two years into opening the studio, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

How was the cancer discovered?
My mother is a three-time breast cancer survivor, so I had been heavily involved with breast cancer awareness. I even donated profits from my store opening to Susan G. Komen. My sister and I would talk about going to get mammograms, and we finally made an appointment. My sister's tests were negative, and mine weren't. That was a blow – totally unexpected – and I didn't know what to do. I was thankful I went to get tested, but it wasn't supposed to be like this. I decided to have an elective bilateral mastectomy.

How did you deal with your diagnosis?
I started to look for other young people's stories that had breast cancer, but the ones I found were heart-wrenching, and that's not what I wanted to read right then. I decided to start a blog called "Beneath the Petals," and it tells my story from day one. It has allowed me to open up, heal and deal with those feelings. I had over 15,000 views of my blog, and I ended up healing other people with it.

How did cancer treatment affect you?
I had doctor's appointments once a week, and that was my only outing, so I would dress up. When you go through a surgery like mine, there are a lot of tubes and bandages, and it was difficult to find something to wear. That's where the occupational therapist in me met the fashion designer, and I designed clothes to work around that. That would take my mind off of everything, and the focus would be on the clothes.

Where do you draw inspiration for your clothes?
Traveling and people watching inspire me. I think of wanting to look good and feel good but still be comfortable in the clothes. I enjoy taking trips outside of the country. Anytime I need inspiration, I just go somewhere new!

What habits help you be your best self?
I am a big stickler for eating healthy and exercising. When you're taking care of your body and exercising, you feel healthier, and I feel like that makes you healthier.


Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:55

Meet TurningPoint Founder Jill Binkley

By Amy Meadows

When Jill Binkley received her second breast cancer diagnosis in 2007, she knew what to expect. The busy mother of three underwent the same treatment that she had seven years earlier at the age of 40: a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. But there were some differences the second time around. For instance, the cancer was located in her left breast instead of the right one, and it surprisingly was not a recurrence of the first cancer – a rather uncommon circumstance. What's more, during her second bout with primary cancer, Binkley was not as scared. And for good reason.

"By that time, I could turn to the people at TurningPoint," says Binkley, executive director of TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, which she founded in 2003. "I had created my own support."

Photo-001Starting a nonprofit organization that provides rehabilitation services directly related to breast cancer treatment was never something Binkley planned to do. However, her own experience opened her eyes to the need for the important services that TurningPoint now offers. "When I was first diagnosed in 2000, I was really shocked at many of the side effects of the breast cancer treatment, both emotional and physical," explains Binkley, a trained physical therapist who specialized in orthopedics and sports injuries. "When you have a mastectomy, there is significant pain after the surgery. You can have difficulty moving your shoulder and arm. You have weakness and fatigue from the chemo. It can really impact your quality of life. And I developed lymphedema, a swelling of the arm that's not an uncommon side effect. But I wasn't aware of what it was." Astoundingly, at the time, her medical team didn't really have any resources to recommend to her as she navigated the ramifications of treatment.

"If you think about it, when you have major surgery on your knee, you're referred to physical therapy or rehab," Binkley observes. Yet, 15 years ago, no one extended those services to women who were diagnosed with breast cancer. And as Binkley researched her own issues and tried to find solutions during her first two-year recovery, she quickly realized that she was not alone. So, in 2003, she opened the doors to TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. Initially, she began with her own area of expertise: physical therapy that includes gentle, hands-on stretching, manual therapy and exercise for muscles that are stiff, painful and have lost range of motion after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Then, over time, she and her team of professionals added services based on patients' needs. "We would hear from patients about what they needed and what they weren't receiving," she says. Today, TurningPoint offers an array of clinical services, including specialized physical therapy and lymphedema management, massage therapy, counseling, nutrition guidance, an exercise program and a special program for women with metastatic breast cancer (Stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body).

SB-01"Everyone on our staff specializes in breast cancer rehab. We know about the stages of breast cancer and its treatment and all of the physical and emotional effects," Binkley notes. That's because every person on staff has been touched by breast cancer in some way. She continues, "Each of us has either gone through it ourselves or has had someone close to us go through it. We have a lot of compassion for our patients because we truly understand their journey."

That empathy is one of the most important components for the nearly 3,000 patients who have become part of the TurningPoint family over the last 12 years. "It can be difficult to talk to close family and friends. When you do talk about your fear and your concerns, you feel like you're complaining," Binkley explains. "Our patients feel like they need to be strong. And when they come in, many times this is the first time they've admitted that they're having a rough time. We offer them a safe place to talk about these things." Binkley points to one patient who summed it up perfectly. A wife, mother and full-time professional, the patient felt like she had to do it all without putting strain on anyone in her life. Binkley recalls, "She said, 'Out there, I have to be Superwoman. But when I come here, I'm allowed to leave my cape at the door.'"

That's exactly the type of support Binkley wants to provide to women with breast cancer, regardless of their financial situation. That desire led her to start TurningPoint as a nonprofit, which was an excellent decision. In addition to removing the financial barrier for patients who normally would not be able to afford such comprehensive services, the organization has the ability to implement new services and programs quickly when funding is available. "There is a push nationally to get these services into hospitals and other clinics, but being a community-based clinic, we're light on our feet. It's easier for us to respond quickly and provide patients with the services they truly need," Binkley explains.

Fortunately, community support for TurningPoint has grown steadily over the years. In addition to grants from organizations like the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, TurningPoint receives much of its funding from local donors – many of whom are former patients. "It's amazing that you can affect someone so much that they're willing to come back and support you like this. As a physical therapist, I was so surprised by that. It's a very different model of care from the traditional rehab environment," says Binkley, who has become a tireless advocate for bringing attention to the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer treatment. Her work has led her to speak locally, nationally and internationally and publish well-received papers about evidence-based physical therapy outcomes and breast cancer rehabilitation. Through TurningPoint, she has taken on an educational role for the healthcare community, as well as physical and occupational therapists who want to specialize in this specific area of rehabilitation. And her efforts – as well as those of TurningPoint's entire staff – are making a resounding difference.

SB-02"We have oncologists and surgeons in the Atlanta area that automatically refer their patients to us now," she says. In fact, TurningPoint sees 35 to 40 newly diagnosed patients per month from metro Atlanta and other outlying areas. "It's wonderful. It's so rewarding to be able to reach out and help other breast cancer survivors – to do this so other women won't have to search for what I was searching for," she adds.

Binkley also is thrilled that TurningPoint has become part of the research surrounding breast cancer rehabilitation. Recently, the organization partnered with Georgia Tech to help develop a way to identify lymphedema using three-dimensional photography and Xbox technology. The goal is to create a system for women to check at home on an ongoing basis so they can detect the condition early. Data will be collected through TurningPoint, which not only has the clinical experience necessary for such an endeavor, but also a state-of-the-art lymphedema measurement device that no one else in the region has in a clinical setting. It's the type of innovative, forward-looking effort that TurningPoint is perfect for.

"We named the organization TurningPoint because that's what our goal was – to be a turning point for breast cancer patients," Binkley states. "That's the most important thing for us. We want women who are going through breast cancer to know that we understand that there is so much going on physically and emotionally, and we can help. All women in the United States deserve this kind of care. That's my ultimate goal – to be part of a woman's standard of care."

Of course, there are challenges, including serving women who are going through something so familiar to the TurningPoint staff. "It brings back memories," Binkley says. "But at the end of the day, even if it feels sad or scary, we realize that if we're not here for them, who will be? And we get over it. We think about them. We put that ahead of everything else."

For Binkley, that message is crucial, especially being a two-time breast cancer survivor. She sees herself and her staff as role models for women who are newly diagnosed or in the middle of their own journeys. "We're here, and we're healthy. We want to give them the message that they can get through this," she concludes. "And we want to say to them, 'We're here for you. We'll walk by your side.'"